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December 11, 2014


A Soil Science M.Sc. thesis defense will be held on Friday, December 12, 10:00 am, Room 346 Ellis Bld. Nicholson Jeke will present “Biomass, Nutrient and Trace Element Dynamics in Cattail and Switchgrass during Wetland and Terrestrial Phytoremediation of Municipal Biosolids”.

A Human Nutritional Sciences M.Sc. thesis defense will be held on Monday, December 15, 1:00 pm, Lecture Theatre Room, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Yougui Chen will present “Endogenous Phenolics from Expeller-pressed Canola Oil Refining Byproducts: Evaluation of Antioxidant Activities in Cell Culture and Deep-fat Frying Models”.

A Soil Science M.Sc. thesis defense will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 11:30 am., Room 346 Ellis Bld. Kokulan Vivekananthan will present “Spatial Structure of Soil Texture and Its Influence on Spatial Variability of Nitrate Leaching”.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Dean's Office Annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday, December 18 in Room 252 Agriculture Building from 2:00 - 4:30 pm.

Come celebrate the holidays with the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals on Friday, December 19. The reception goes from 2:30-5:00 pm. Please RSVP by December 12 to or call 204-474-9989.

MAFRD is hosting a Fruit Preservation Workshop at the Food Development Centre on Thursday, January 15, 8 am to 4 pm.  Cost is $99 and includes lunch and materials. Participants will learn all about fruit processing, including food safety protocols and quality control, and will process jam and a spread using the Centre's equipment.  Space is limited. For more info, contact 204-239-3362 or

The fifth seminar in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, January 21 at 3:30 pm in the Carolyn Sifton Lecture Theatre, 130 Agriculture Building. Martin Entz, Plant Science, will present “Conservation agriculture, organic farming and agroecology: The three musketeers of a sustainable food system”.  Refreshments will be served at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.


The Department of Plant Science reported that Vera Bodo, retired technician, passed away on November 19. Vera worked for many years in the department until her retirement in 1995.

Trust Beta, Food Science, was hosted by the Agro-Food Technology Station located in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture at the University of Limpopo, South Africa, November 17-27. The purpose of the trip was to explore potential areas of collaboration in both training and research between the two institutions. During the visit, Trust toured the facilities available for a proposed program in food science and also gave a presentation on the University of Manitoba’s IFT-approved Food Science Program. She met with the director and academic staff of the School of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the academic staff in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology of the School of Molecular and Life Science both located under the Faculty of Science and Agriculture. Dr. Maboko Samuel Mphosi, Director of Agro-Food Technology Station visited our university in August 2014.

Ryan Cardwell, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a paper titled "The Effects of Aid Agency Independence on Aid Allocation Decisions" at the annual IATRC (International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium) meeting in San Diego, CA, on December 8.

On Wednesday November 26, the Faculty hosted a delegation from Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (NUFE).  The Faculty has a 2 plus 2 education agreement with NUFE. The delegation met with Karin Wittenberg, Dean, and faculty members of the Food Science Department, and had on-site visits to the Grain Storage Facility and the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. The Faculty also hosted a luncheon where the delegation was able to meet current NUFE students attending the University of Manitoba. Daniel Bowers, Student Services, presented data to indicate since 2009, 38 NUFE students have graduated (11 with distinction and 17 on the Deans honour roll). There are 16 NUFE students currently registered in the 2 plus 2 program.

The Fall 2014 Human Nutritional Sciences graduate awards have been announced. Mihiri Witharana (MSc) received the Holmfridur Kristjansson Graduate Award in Nutrition, Ala’a Eideh (PhD) received the Bruce McDonald Award in Clinical Nutrition, Farnaz Farshidfar (MSc) received the Janet Fabro McComb Award, and Ronak Fahmi (MSc) received the Katharine M.S. Middleton Scholarship.

On December 4, the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals attended the Manitoba Food Processors Association Holiday Reception at the Pinnacle Club. Hundreds of people from Manitoba’s food sector gathered at the club in the Investors Group Stadium to snack on local treats and mingle with old friends and make new connections.

Peter Jones, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, traveled to National Harbor, MD, for this year’s National American Society of Nutrition conference, Advances & Controversies in Clinical Nutrition. The conference took place from December 4-6, and on December 5 Peter presented “Using Genetic Information in Practice for Tailoring Lipid-Lowering Interventions.”

The FASO Head Shave and Shine held November 27 raised nearly $1300 for prostate cancer research, thanks to the brave souls that allowed their heads to be shaved for charity. Money raised from the BBQ lunch went towards UMSU Holiday Hampers.


Idowu MK, Oyedele JD, Adekunle OK, Akinremi OO, and Eilers B. 2014. Effects of Planting Methods and Seed Density on Vegetable Yield and Nutrient Composition of Solanum macrocarpon and Solanum scabrum in Southwest Nigeria. Food and Nutrition Sciences 5: 1185‐1195.

De Nardi R, Marchesini G, Plaizier JC, Li S, Khafipour E, Ricci R, Andrighetto I, and Segato S. 2014. Use of dicarboxylic acids and polyphenols to attenuate reticular pH drop and acute phase response in dairy heifers fed a high grain diet. BMC Veterinary Research. 10:277.


Ehsan Khafipour, Animal Science, was interviewed by Golden West radio and Farmscape Online following his talk on “PEDV survivability and infectivity in Manitoba lagoons – a pilot study” at the Prairie Livestock Expo, December 10th. Co-authors in this presentation were Hein Min Tun, postdoctoral fellow, and Jackie Donogh, Gut Microbiome Lab supervisor.

Myron and Jill Krahn, both alumni of the Faculty, have been recognized as Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2014. The OYF program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. The Krahns grow corn, soybeans, cereals and grass seed on their farm near Carman. They also run a seed dealership, specializing in corn seed.

Colin and Dawn Hudon, both alumni of the Faculty, were profiled in the Western Producer (December 4) article "Farmer delves into land investment business". The article details how Colin, a recently-named Nuffield scholar, made the hard decision to sell the McAuley-area family farm and move on to other opportunities. He and Dawn now live near Rosser, where Colin co-owns a farmland investment and farm succession business.


Are you interested in taking part in a nutritional study investigating whether Canola Oil, Barley Fibre and DHA can improve blood cholesterol? The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is screening participants until December 18. Please call them at 204-890-8793 or email to set up a screening. If you’re interested  in learning more about upcoming nutritional studies visit

DEADLINE SOON - Certificate of Merit Call for Nominations - The Certificate of Merit is presented by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the School of Agriculture in recognition of leadership with agricultural organizations and outstanding service to the community at large. Each year two Certificates of Merit are presented, normally, one to a graduate of the Agriculture Diploma program, and one to a graduate of the Agriculture Degree program. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive Committee and must be received no later than December 15, 2014. Nominations should include a letter from the nominator describing the nominee’s leadership contributions and service to the community.  Letters of support may also be included. More information including a list of previous recipients can be found at

The latest Faculty seminar by Dr. Qiang Zhang is now available online at  Please note the file is large and may take a few moments to load.

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